Ex-Zanu PF minister Saviour Kasukuwere is set to lose his $250 000 Nyanga property if he fails to appear in court within 90 days, a Harare magistrate has ruled.
Hoseah Mujaya granted the state a right to take ownership of Kasukuwere’s property which he had surrended with the court when he was granted bail for criminal abuse of office.
Prosecutor Zivanai Macharaga won the bid to forfeit the property within 90 days if he fails to appear in court.
Kasukuwere was issued with a warrant of arrest in January after having failed to show up from his medical visit in South Africa.
This ruling is the first of its nature as no property surrendered as surety had been forfeited before.
Kasukuwere is facing four charges of abuse of office emanating from the time he was Minister for Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment and that of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.
In the first count, Kasukuwere is accused of flouting tender procedures when he awarded Brainworks Private Limited owned by Mr George Manyere a contract to do brokering services and financial advisory to the Government on indigenisation.
According to State papers, the appointment of Brainworks was inconsistent and contrary with the nature of his duties as a minister.
On the three other counts during his tenure as local government minister, Kasukuwere is accused of allocating different pieces of State land to Junior Shuvai Gumbochuma without following due process.
Gumbochuma is a sister to former First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe